HotelsAcross the globe, Mandarin Oriental hotels are doubling as art galleries, featuring gorgeous artwork for guests to admire.

Are hotels the new art galleries?

The Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid features masterpieces from the Museo del Prado.
The Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid features masterpieces from the Museo del Prado. Photo Credit: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Travellers who enjoy visiting art galleries and museums will find that they can live and breathe their favourite activity at these four Mandarin Oriental hotels adorned with distinctive art pieces created by renowned artists.

1. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Are hotels the new art galleries?

Acclaimed muralist and painter, Gerald Henderson, was commissioned in 1963 by Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong where he painted a grand mural in the main lobby and 14 separate pieces displayed throughout the hotel.

A large 5m tall fresco of three fairies from ancient Chinese mythology greets guests at the hotel main entrance. While on the first floor of the hotel, a series of golden Mongol mural named “Peking Chariots” can be found.

2. Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou

Are hotels the new art galleries?

As Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou celebrates its 10th year anniversary, the hotel will incrementally roll out with artistic experiences over a period of 10 months. On 25 March, the hotel unveiled a collection of landscape paintings by Zhou Ming, professor for art at Shenzhen University and member of the China National Academy of Painting.

Professor Zhou Ming created a range of fan-shaped paintings, inspired by the fan in Mandarin Oriental’s logo. Within each fan-framed painting, picturesque canal towns in Southern China are depicted featuring intricate architectural details including porches, stained windows and beams of historic buildings in the South.

Later in the year, the hotel will collaborate with budding young artists such as Suwukou, Sean Wu, Shaw Liu and Jiang Sheng to create an immersive art space with contemporary art installations inspired by environmental protection and sustainability. Their work will be on display around the hotel lobby, restaurants, and The Spa.

3. Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

Are hotels the new art galleries?

Each art piece showcased in Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid has been specifically selected to pay homage to the city’s rich artistic background. The hotel houses a collection of close-up paintings obtained from the Museo del Prado, and still-life paintings in the Spanish Royal collections. Additionally, the hotel’s presidential suite features a gold cloud mural hand-painted by Spanish muralist Johina Garcia-Concheso.

4. Mandarin Oriental, New York

The 307sqm Suite 5000 in Mandarin Oriental, New York is a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath suite decked with one-of-a-kind art pieces and creative design details throughout the space.

Guests who book the Suite 5000 will be greeted by the sight of a 2m New York geometric art piece titled Saida XXXIV: Chrome from artist Steven Naifeh that explores the kinship between the West and the East, as well as a few eclectic pieces called Fruity Delight in Every Bite by Rachel Lee Hovnanian made from cereal boxes, and a Darth Vadar statue created from recycled Coke Zero cans by Alben.

A custom-cut Calcutta gold marble pattern on the entry floor was designed to resemble orchid petals, a nod to the hotel’s Oriental heritage, while the dining area features a Swarovski crystal installation that cascades down like a waterfall.

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